Breaking The Silence || Sexual Assault

Hey, everyone! So lately I have been working on a series of posts about something very near and dear to my heart. If you know me personally then you know that in the future I will be pursuing a career in Social Work. Social work is an academic and professional discipline that seeks to promote social justice and enhance the welfare of communities and individuals. Specifically, I would be working with children, teenagers, and adults that have been sexually and physically abused.  I am very passionate about this subject so a good friend of mine (ayyy S/O to Kayla! Love you gf ♡) recommended writing about it so here I am doing so. Here are some of the main statistics –

Victims of Sexual Abuse: Adults

  • In 2006 alone, 300,000 college women were raped. (*)
  • Among college women, about 12% of rapes were reported to law enforcement. (*)
  • 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape. (***)
  • Male college aged students are 78% more likely than nonstudents to be a victim of rape or sexual assault. (***)

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey on the national prevalence of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking found:

  • 81% of women who experienced rape, stalking, or physical violence by an intimate partner reported significant short or long-term impacts. (*)
  • About 35% of women who were raped as minors also were raped as adults, compared to 14% of women without an early rape history. (*)
  • 28% of male rape victims were first raped when they were 10 years old or younger. (*)

Child/Teen Victims

  • In a 2012 maltreatment report, of the victims who were sexually abused, 26% were in the age group of 12–14 years, and 34% were younger than 9 years. (*)
  • Approximately 1.8 million adolescents in the United States have been the victims of sexual assault. (*)
  • Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. (*)
  • 35.8% of sexual assaults occur when the victim is between the ages of 12 and 17.
  • 82% of all juvenile victims are female. (*)
  • Teens 16 to 19 years of age were 3 ½ times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. (*)
  • Approximately 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. (*)
  • A 2003 national study of U.S. adults reported that 14.2% of men were sexually abused before the age of 18. (**)
  • The year in a male’s life when he is most likely to be the victim of a sexual assault is age 4. (***)
  • A female’s year of greatest risk is age 14. (***)
  • Every 8 minutes Child Protective Service responds to a report of sexual abuse. (***)
  • 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker. (***)
  • 34.2% of attackers were family members. (***)
  • 58.7% were acquaintances. (***)
  • Only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim. (***)
  • For 80% of juvenile victims, the perpetrator was a parent. 6% were other relatives. 4% were unmarried partners of a parent. 5% were “other” (from siblings to strangers.) (***)

Sexual assault is one of the most unreported crimes in the US. An average of 68% of assaults have not been reported in the past 5 years. Which of course means that those rapist will never spend a day in prison. Even when the crime is reported it is unlikely to lead to an arrest and prosecution. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) has reported that out of every 100 rapes, 32 get reported, 7 lead to an arrest, 3 are referred to prosecutors, 2 lead to a felony conviction, and ONLY 2 rapists will ever spend a day in prison. The other 98 will walk free.                                                                                                                     Let’s say that again – 98 percent of rapist will NEVER spend a day in prison.  

RAINN put together a few facts about the Criminal.

  • The average age of a rapist is 31 years old.
  • 52% are white.
  • 22% of imprisoned rapists report that they are married.
  • In 1 in 3 sexual assaults, the perpetrator was intoxicated — 30% with alcohol, 4% with drugs.

It’s time to take a stand. People need to know that it is okay to come out and speak about abuse. By telling someone, you can stop it from happening to another individual. If you need help or just need to talk to someone you can call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline. Call 800-656-HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area. If you call you will be routed to a local RAINN affiliate organization based on the first six digits of your phone number. Cell phone callers have the option to enter the zip code of their current location to more accurately locate the nearest sexual assault service provider. Calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline gives you access to a range of free services including: Confidential, judgment-free support from a trained staff member, support finding a local health facility that is trained to care for survivors of sexual abuse, someone to help you talk through what happened, local resources that can assist with your next steps toward healing and recovery, referrals for long term support in your area, information about the laws in your area, and basic information about medical concerns.

Stay Brave Friends  ツ

~Michaela 

(*)facts are from –  https://www.nsopw.gov/en-US/Education/FactsStatistics

(**)facts are from –  https://1in6.org/the-1-in-6-statistic/

(***)facts are from –  https://rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims

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